While fighting Zalty’s time magic, Natsu learns that Zalty plans to try to control Deliora for his own purposes. Natsu is able to knock him out at around the same time that Erza attempts to stop the Moon Drip ceremony on the top of the ruins, but it’s too late, and Deliora starts moving again. Gray’s plan is to sacrifice himself to cast Iced Shell on it again, but Natsu gets in front of him and trades punches with the monster instead. Much to everyone’s surprise, this leads to Deliora crumbling, and Lyon realizes that all these years in the ice has taken its toll on Deliora’s life. Remembering how Ul had said she’d seal away his darkness, Gray can’t help but cry in appreciation. In the aftermath, Gray tells Lyon to join a guild somewhere and find a new goal. The more immediate problem though is the fact that the villagers are still effected by the curse since Deliora wasn’t responsible for it – Moon Drip supposedly was. Strangely, the village itself is back to normal now, and when Erza questions them, the villagers eventually reveal that their attempts to reach the ruins all failed for some reason. Having figured out what the problem is, Erza decides to go ahead with the villagers’ request to destroy the moon.
Given everything that was shown in last episode, the fact that Natsu stopped Gray from using Iced Shell again was expected, but I had been sort of hoping for more of a showdown against Deliora instead of the monster anticlimactically crumbling to pieces. Then again, maybe it’s for the best that they didn’t have more action since it could have been a redux of the final battle of the last arc, and the idea instead that Ul really did succeed at sealing away Gray’s darkness made for a pretty touching moment. The arc still isn’t over yet though, and Erza and Zalty look to be taking center stage for this last part which apparently has enough for at least one more episode. On a side note, I was amused by Erza’s fall down the hole, though her armor at the end makes me think Suzumebachi from the recent Bleach arc.